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Star Wars: the most significant, powerful myth of the twenty-first century or morally bankrupt military fantasy?
Six films. Countless books. $20 billion in revenue. No one can question the financial value or cultural impact of the Star Wars film franchise. But has the impact been for the good?
In Star Wars on Trial
's courtroom--Droid Judge presiding--Star Wars stands accused of elitist politics and sexism, religious and ethical lapses, the destruction of literary science fiction and science fiction film, and numerous plot holes and logical gaps.
Supported by a witness list of bestselling science fiction authors, David Brin (for the prosecution) and Matthew Woodring Stover (for the defense) debate these charges and more before delivering their closing statements.
The verdict? That's up to you.
Covering the films from A New Hope
to The Force Awakens
, Brin and Stover provide new forewords that explore the newest generation of Star Wars films and what JJ Abrams must do to live up to--or redeem--the franchise.